Many businesses are feeling the shortage when it comes to Redding police responding to their 911 calls.
Businesses in the Cobblestone Court shopping center in Redding said there has been many times when they have called police and no one has responded.
Janie Hopper owns Paws For A Cause and she said about a month ago a transient came into her store and would not leave. Hopper said she called police for help but they never showed. Hopper said she understands the budget is tight but something needs to be done.
“We have to face down the criminals ourselves in order to protect clients and our businesses and, in our case, our animals from criminals,” she says.
Redding Police are all too aware of the problem. For years they have warned about budget cuts affecting response times. Although no one was available to speak to us today, in the past they have said they have to prioritize calls. People that are in serious danger take priority.
The department is also encourage business owners to band together to find their own solutions to crime in their area.